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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

January 9, 2023

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[Official Guidance]

Text of Instructions for 2022 IRS Form 8889: Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) (PDF)

"What's New: [1] Telehealth and other remote care extended.... [2] Surprise billing for emergency services or air ambulance services."  MORE >>

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

[Official Guidance]

Draft of 2023 IRS Publication 15-B: Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits (PDF)

35 pages; Jan. 6, 2023. "What's New: [1] Cents-per-mile rule.... [2] Qualified parking exclusion and commuter transportation benefit.... [3] Contribution limit on a health flexible spending arrangement (FSA)."  MORE >>

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

[Guidance Overview]

Departments Issue FAQ on Good-Faith Reporting of Rx Costs

"The guidance states that the Departments will not take enforcement action with respect to group health plans that use a good-faith, reasonable interpretation of the regulations and RxDC Reporting Instructions in making its submission of the 2020 and 2021 data. In addition, the Departments announced a submission grace period through January 31, 2023."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

The Employer Compliance Rules for Wellness Programs (PDF)

"Understanding the many different forms of wellness programs and the many different intersecting (and typically unrelated) areas of law that govern compliance. An overview of the complex legal scheme for wellness programs that can catch many employers by surprise. How to deal with uncertainty after the courts ordered the EEOC to vacate portions of the ADA/GINA regulations."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Michigan Court Says Employers Must Provide Expanded Sick Leave Rights Starting in February 2023: Steps to Prepare (PDF)

"[T]he Michigan Court of Claims said it would delay enforcement of a recent ruling that is currently being appealed. The court recently held that the Michigan legislature improperly usurped a voter initiative that was slated for the 2018 ballot -- which led the court to reinstate the 2018 voter-initiated versions of the state's minimum wage law and paid sick leave law. What actions led to this decision and what does it mean for employers?"  MORE >>

Fisher Phillips

[Guidance Overview]

Employer Guide to the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) (PDF)

"Understanding San Francisco's uniquely challenging law for employers requiring specific levels of health care expenditures for employees. Which employees can be excluded from the required health care expenditures, including voluntary waiver rules and strategies. How employers can comply for certain employees by contributing to the City Option to fund an MRA on their behalf."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Colorado and Oregon Updates on Non-COVID Sick Leave

"With higher-than-normal rates of respiratory illness, such as RSV and flu, Colorado and Oregon have expanded their policies to include absences related to these and other respiratory illnesses."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Employer Guide to the San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO) (PDF)

"Understanding San Francisco's uniquely challenging law for employers to supplement compensation for employees on new child bonding leave. How PPLO compensation interacts with California PFL to provide full pay to employees on parental leave, including the applicable caps. Common issues that arise, including compliance strategies that employers have developed both to comply and satisfy employees."  MORE >>


Prescription Drug Policy, 2022 and 2023: The Year in Review and the Year Ahead

"This past year featured many significant developments in the prescription drug policy area, most notably the passage of significant prescription drug pricing reform legislation and a range of developments involving the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) accelerated approval program. [This post reviews] five key developments from the past year and offer five items to watch for in 2023."  MORE >>

Health Affairs Forefront


Risk Adjustment: It's Time for Reform

"Without risk adjustment, there would be a significant incentive to serve only patients that are low risk or healthy, furthering existing disparities. In this way, risk adjustment, reformed appropriately, can advance important health equity goals. As resource needs are greater among the underserved, a well-functioning risk-adjustment system can adjust payments accordingly to support these needs while eliminating the current incentive structure that can lead to 'gaming'[.]"  MORE >>

Health Affairs Forefront

Benefits in General

[Official Guidance]

Text of Instructions for IRS Form 5330: Return of Excise Taxes Related to Employee Benefit Plans (PDF)

14 pages; rev. Dec. 2022. "What's New ... Form 5330 has been updated to add a new Schedule L for a cooperative and small employer charity (CSEC) plan sponsor to report tax on failure to adopt a funding restoration plan if the plan is in funding restoration status for a plan year (section 4971(h))."  MORE >>

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Pension Systems Assistant
            for DeMars Pension Consulting Services, Inc.

Pension Systems Assistant

DeMars Pension Consulting Services, Inc.

Overland Park KS

View job as DB/DC Administrator
            for Peery & Associates, Inc.

DB/DC Administrator

Peery & Associates, Inc.


View job as DB/DC Administrator for Peery & Associates, Inc.

View job as Senior Defined Contribution Account Manager
            for Nova 401(k) Associates

Senior Defined Contribution Account Manager

Nova 401(k) Associates


View job as Senior Defined Contribution Account Manager for Nova 401(k) Associates

View job as Defined Benefit Consultant
            for AimPoint Group

Defined Benefit Consultant

AimPoint Group


View job as Defined Benefit Consultant for AimPoint Group

View job as New Business Consultant
            for Retirement Plan Consultants

New Business Consultant

Retirement Plan Consultants


View job as New Business Consultant for Retirement Plan Consultants

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Professionalism for Healthcare Actuaries

January 25, 2023

Conference of Consulting Actuaries

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

2023 Guide: Health Benefits While on Leave (PDF)


ICHRA Guide for Employers: The Health Plan 401(k) Has Arrived (PDF)


Telehealth Services Exemption for HDHPs Extended


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